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Ronald Glenn

July 15, 1927 — May 18, 2014

Ronald Earl Glenn passed away, Sunday, May 18th in his home in Orem.

Ron was born July 15, 1927 to Olaf Earl Glenn and Mary Alois Pope in Cedarview, Utah. He attended Elementary School in Park City and graduated from Ogden High School in 1945.

Ron was in the last group drafted from Utah in 1945 for WWII. He served a total of 339 days in the Army Occupation of Germany. Because he had served less than a year, when the draft began in 1950 for the Korean Conflict, he again found himself in the Army. Ron was discharged in 1953. In 1954 Ron served his country again, this time in the Air Force.

Ron married Roberta Carr, Sept. 26, 1945. They had two daughters, Linda Lee and Vicki Rae. Ron and Roberta later divorced.

Ron became a Journeyman auto mechanic early on, and later taught auto mechanics. While in the service, he discovered his love of teaching and his talent for doing so. He furthered his education and received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Utah State University. He received a National Science Foundation Grant to work toward a Doctorate at Texas A & M and also at Cornell University. He completed his Doctorate at BYU. Ron also attended Weber College (now Weber State) and the University of Utah. When any of these schools played each other in Football, or other sports, he was delighted that no matter the outcome, his Alma mater would be the winner. Ron spent many years in Education both in teaching and in administration.

While stationed at Fort Ord, California Ron met Betty Arnold from Pacific Grove. They were married June 19, 1951 and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple Aug 28, 1951. They had 6 children.

He had a love of Sports. During his senior year in high school Ron played baseball and was offered a contract with the Cincinnati Red Socks. Being drafted in the Army prevented him from accepting this contract. While stationed at Camp Irwin, California, Ron played Volleyball and his team won the division championship.

Ron held many positions in the LDS Church and officiated in the Hawaiian Temple. Teaching Gospel Doctrine Class, youth classes and priesthood were his love.

Ron and Betty moved their family many places over the years due to work and to Church assignment. They lived several places in California, Utah, and Nevada, also Colorado, Montana and New York as well as in the South Pacific in Hawaii, Western Samoa, American Samoa and Fiji. In 1985 they returned to Utah County where he lived the rest of his life.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack D. Glenn, son, Neil Ronald Glenn, son-in-law, Al Solomon and grandson, Mitchell Mackenzie.

Ron is survived by his wife, Betty, and his children: Linda Handy (Gary), Vicki Solomon, Kathleen Clement, Earl Glenn, Jerry Glenn (Karen), Lori Jackson (Scott) and Kristi Mackenzie (Denton), 29 grandchildren, his great and great-great grandchildren.

There will be a viewing Wednesday, May 21st 7:00- 8:30 pm in the Heatheridge LDS Stake Center, 450 E. 2000 N., Orem. Viewing Thursday May 22nd, 10:00 to 11:00 am followed by funeral at 11:30 am in the Stake Center. Interment in Orem City Cemetery. The family wishes to thank ICARE Home Health and Hospice for all their loving care.
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